Early Careers Advisor – Graduate Support

Overview of Responsibilities

Department description 

As the UKAEA moves from its current state through to the future, it is a priority to expand our activities into areas – both technical and commercial – where we can supply expertise and skills, whilst maintaining our world-class status as a science, engineering and technology R&D organisation and centre of excellence for fusion and the wider research community. This requires the organisation to retain its present skill base as well as build up skills in key growth areas including exploiting the synergies between fusion and fission.

The role of Early Careers in achieving these goals is instrumental as its main responsibilities include managing the talent pipeline for futureproofing of the UKAEA including engaging, attracting, recruiting and retaining the next generation of talent. In addition, Early Careers advisors help bridge the cultural gap between student and professional life.

Who are we looking for?

Early Careers Advisor is responsible for supporting the graduate programme and the schemes that are part of the talent pipeline into the graduate programme. The role offers a lot of variety in many aspects of talent management. There will be opportunities for somebody to develop coaching skills and also offer well-being support to graduates.

The key behaviours and competencies required for this role are strong organisation and time management skills, patience and good listening skills. The ability to raise concerns with managers and other stakeholders. A flexible approach is crucial in being successful in this role. 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Work with departments and programmes to identify their early careers needs, focusing on business and delivery plans and identifying the right mix of apprentices and graduates from the right subject areas to meet those needs. 
  • Supporting the graduate leadership, to play a key role in the development of the graduate programme, increasing numbers and diversity. 
  • Support the delivery of the programmes, ensuring graduates access the right learning, development and training opportunities, and supporting placements ensuring they are organised including the provision of the right level of supervision and support. 
  • Support the training of early careers line manager and supervisors, including but not limited to the right level of knowledge around safeguarding, graduate programmes and the skills required in supporting individuals on early careers programmes. 
  • Contribute to the operation of the Early Career’s programmes, including working with identified programmes and departments in identifying their early careers needs and outreach activities. Leading on specific projects within the graduate programme as directed by the scheme lead. 
  • To provide mentoring and personal support to individuals on the graduate programmes to support them in completing the programmes they are a part of. 
£27,899 to £29,761 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
People (HR)
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 23/12/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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